NetBeans Considering GPLv2 (Multilicensed Together With CDDL)
By Roman Strobl on VIII 17, 2007
Letter from Bruno Souza, NetBeans community manager. Feel free to add your comments (both positive and negative feedback is welcome).
Dear NetBeans Community,
As you all know, we are working hard for the release of NetBeans 6.0.
The new release will bring exciting technical features and this is a great
time to consider what else can we do to empower the NetBeans Community.
As a result of requests from the comunity, we are considering the potential
adoption of a new license model. We are considering releasing a future early
access version of NetBeans 6.0 under a dual licensing scheme of CDDL and
GPL v2 with Classpath exception. A move like this would be well received by
many of the NetBeans contributors, and will benefit the community at large.
Releasing NetBeans under the GPL license will also help align NetBeans with
the Linux community and major open source projects. By making it easier
to share NetBeans code and innovations with other projects, it will promote
a stronger open source Java ecosystem.
It is important to note that GPL v2 with Classpath exception is not intended
to replace the current CDDL license. NetBeans source code will be dual licensed
and developers will be able to choose the licensing terms that better suit
More detailed information about the GPL v2 with Classpath exception can be
found in the faq at: http://www.netbeans.org/gplv2-faqs.html
The license text may be found at: http://www.netbeans.org/cddl-gplv2.html
This would be an important move for NetBeans, and we welcome your opinion and
feedback. If you have any questions or would like further information, please
contact me at bruno.souza at sun.com.
NetBeans Community Manager